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How to build your own deer feeder

Posted by in Deer Feeder Kits Blog on April 24, 2014 . 1 Comments.

Deer feeders are made of a few basic components.  You have the barrel or hopper, the suspension system (either legs or hanging), and the feeder mechanism itself.  Making a deer feeder is not hard to do and you can use items you may already have around the house.

1. The Barrel (hopper) - Barrels come in all shapes and sizes from a 5 gallon bucket to 55 gallon drums and larger.  If you look around, you probably have a 5 gallon bucket, or can easily get one at a hardware store.  If you want something larger, many people sell used 55 gallon barrels, both plastic or metal.

2. Suspension - Some people like legs, and others like to hang their feeders and winch them up.  Legs are cheaper and easier to assemble, but hanging deer feeders are easier to fill and can be more sturdy to hogs rubbing against the legs.  There is no right or wrong choice here, mostly just preference.  Leg kits are offered for metal barrels, and hanging bails, winches and tripod headers are used with tripod poles (glavanized fnece posts work great) to make the hanging portion of the deer feeder.

3. Feeder Mechanism (Feeder Kit) - There are many types of feeder kits available.  You have 6v and 12v, free choice or protein heads, as well as directional and 360 degree feeders.  The most common is the 360 degree deer feeder kit that throws corn all the way around the feeder.  Directional feeders will throw in one direction only, which is good if you want to control the placement of the feed.  Protein heads allow the feed (corn or protein pellets) to be constantly available and allows the wildlife to feed whenever they want, and to eat as much as they want.  This method can be quite expensive, but can add a substancial amount of protein to your wildlife's diet.  The choice between the 6v and 12v feeders is one based on money mostly.  The 6v feeders are less expensive as well as the batteries and solar panels.  The 12v deer feeders will throw the feed out further and harder than the 6v feeders, and seem to last longer.

What you need.

Low Cost Deer Feeder - Great for back yards or as a mobile deer feeder for archers.
1. 5 gallon bucket with lid -  These buckets come with a handle and can hang from a tree branch. If you do not have trees around, you can make a spot to hang your feeder with some PVC pipe and t-posts. 

2. 6v feeder kit -  My favorite feeder kit for this type of deer feeder is the Moultrie All-in-One kit.  It runs off 4 AA batteries that are included and I ran mine for 2 seasons before replacing the batteries. 

You can build this feeder for less than $40.

 

Tripod Deer Feeder - Good deer feeder for just about any situation. Make sure you do not have cattle around this feeder, as they will knock it over.
1. Large Hopper/Barrel - I would recommend getting a 30 or 55 gallon metal barrel.  Metal barrels work better because the legs will have to be screwed into the side of the barrel, unless you get a barrel band (55 gallon only).

2. Feeder Leg Kit - You can buy a leg kit or just the leg brackets and use with your own legs (Galvanized Fence Posts work great). You can also get the barrel band to use with your own legs if you do not want to drill into your barrel.

3. 6v or 12v Feeder Kit - There are a vaariety of feeder kits you can put on your deer feeder.  Here is the link to all our deer feeder kits. Again, any of these kits will work.  It just depends on your preference. If you want a deer feeder to throw your feed in one direction, check out these directional feeder kits.

 

Protein Feeder - Good deer feeder for supplementing protein for your wildlife. Deer can eat when ever they want and as much as they want. Make sure you do not have cattle around this feeder, as they will knock it over.
1. Large Hopper/Barrel - I would recommend getting a 30 or 55 gallon metal barrel.  Metal barrels work better because the legs will have to be screwed into the side of the barrel, unless you get a barrel band (55 gallon only). Also, metal barrels will not sweat as much as plastic barrels, keeping your protein dry.

2. Feeder Leg Kit - You can buy a leg kit or just the leg brackets and use with your own legs (Galvanized Fence Posts work great). You can also get the barrel band to use with your own legs if you do not want to drill into your barrel.

3. Protein Feeder Head - Protein heads mount on the bottom of the barrel, and can be interchangeable with a motorized feeder kit.  Take a look at the Protein Feeder Heads.

 

Hanging Deer Feeder - Hanging feeders make filling the feeder much eaiser.  Just lower the feeder with the winch and fill it up, then crank the deer feeder back up.

1. Large Hopper/Barrel - I would recommend getting a 30 or 55 gallon metal barrel. This will work best with the hanging bail that is used to hang the barrel.

2. Hanging Bail, Tripod Header & Winch - The hanging bail that is used to hang the barrel. The Tripod Header is used as the top of the framework to hang the feeder. You can use galvanized fence posts as legs of the hanging tripod.  The Winch attaches to one of the legs and allows you to crank the deer feeder up and down.

3. 6v or 12v Feeder Kit - There are a vaariety of feeder kits you can put on your deer feeder.  Here is the link to all our deer feeder kits. Again, any of these kits will work.  It just depends on your preference.

 

Other things to consider

When building your own deer feeder, varmint must be considered.  If you have raccoons and squirrels, you should probably get a varmint cage.  Otherwise, you will be feeding the squirels and coons and could have some trophy varmint on your hands.

Power - Some people get rechargeable batteries (recommended) for their feeder.  You can add a solar panel as well, or get two batteries and swap the batteries out as they get depleted.  Either of these ways are great solutions to keeping your deer feeder up and running all the time.

 

Last update: December 23, 2016

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